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Preparing for the Interview (part 3)


In last articles of this series, we gave you glimpses of the interview process. By now, we have discussed why interview process is important for the interviewer and for the candidate. We have discussed what the interviewer is looking for in the interview process. We have also discussed how to mentally prepare and present yourself at the interview venue. In one phrase-
“Be professional and mean Business.”
In an earlier article we had also talked about the two types of interview and gave you a brief idea on how to prepare for the technical round of the interview. If you are preparing for technical roles and not very high in the organization chart roles, then the two-three articles will take care of you perfectly fine. But everybody progresses and sooner or later (we will pray sooner) you will be dealing with the most grueling parts of the interview.


The Interview

In the previous article we discussed what preparations you need to do before reaching the interview venue or rather interview room. Once you are called for interview, gather your things from the lobby, follow the person who called you. Unless you are showed inside, it is always better to knock and ask for permission before you enter the room. Firmly shake hands if the interviewers are offering, or a polite hello would suffice.
Take chair when you are offered. Try not to drag the chair a lot, but do not be uncomfortable. Appropriately distance the chair from the table. You may place the file on the table. Pass it to interviewer when they ask for it. They probably already have your resume, but it is always better to carry an extra copy at the top of your file. If you want water, you may ask for it politely. But it is better to do so at the beginning of the interview process itself.
Now, we are ready to face the interviewer.

Introduce Yourself

Invariably, 95% of the interviews begin with customary “Tell me about yourself.” This may seem mundane, even unnecessary. After all they have your full CV and your file. There is everything that you ever did or achieved! Why they cannot just go through that. Why this stupid question! But remember, there are no unnecessary questions. This first open-ended question is your opportunity to give direction to the interview process.
Since this is such a common question, it is better to practice answering such questions. Self-introduction reveals lot many more things about you than you can imagine. Practice short crisp answers. Something between 1-2 minutes is a decent length introduction. Do not rush, go chronologically. Leave no important details out, but do not drag the answer. And most importantly, personalise the answer. Do not sound like machine. Speak clearly and calmly. Add personal details such as hobbies, your city etc wherever suitable.
We will be discussing few more of such common questions in the latter articles.
Good Luck!